Latina celebrity philanthropists are at the forefront of building better communities and helping those in need. An array of Latina celebrities are making their mark and laying the foundation for a better world through various causes they support and participate in.
Below are eight Latinas trailblazing through various philanthropic efforts and making a difference one cause at a time.
Eva Longoria Bastón
This Texas sweetheart has not only carved a name for herself in Hollywood, but she is making great strides in the philanthropic world. In 2012 she founded the Eva Longoria Foundation to “help Latinas build better futures for themselves and their families through education and entrepreneurship,” shares her foundation. She’s also very active in various other causes such as Eva’s Heroes, a non-profit in San Antonio she co-founded that serves the needs of disabled children. Additionally, she serves as a spokesperson for Padres Contra el Cancer. Recently, she was on an episode of Family Feud where she raised $25,000 for the organization.
This New Yorker of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent has racked up an impressive lineup of films to her name, but it’s her philanthropic endeavors that leave us even more impressed. She is the co-founder of Voto Latino, an organization launched in 2004 to empower Latinos to become “agents of change” by bringing to the forefront their innate leadership skills to help create a better future. She is involved in other organizations such as Global Cool whose mission is to bring to light climate change. She also is active with the Lower East Side Girl’s Club, the O.N.E. Campaign, Amnesty International, Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays and the list goes on. This girl is on fire, to say the least.
This former Disney princess captured the hearts of kids and parents alike. It’s her support of mental health awareness that may leave you more impressed. As the executive producer of the Netflix show 13 Reasons Why she brings to light the importance of overcoming conditions such as mental health, depression, and suicide. She also participated in the UR Votes Count campaign to encourage youth to learn more about the presidential candidates back in 2008. Gomez has also been a UNICEF’s spokesperson as she is passionate about helping children across the world. When she was 17 she became the youngest UNICEF ambassador.
Cuban sensation, Gloria Estefan, has made her mark in more ways than one in our hearts. Through her Gloria Estefan Foundation, founded in 1997, she has made great strides in providing assistance to those in need. A strong supporter of spinal cord research, the foundation plays a huge role in the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. In 2011 she was honored with the Billboard Spirit of Hope Award at the Latin Billboard Awards for her philanthropic endeavors. Through her annual Thanksgiving Feed-a-Friend event, they are able to feed thousands of homeless folks in Miami held at her Bongos Cuban Café.
The Columbian beauty who took our breath away with her dancing and musical talent has made her mark across the world through her philanthropic work. At 18, Shakira founded the Pies Descalzos Foundation in Colombia to provide support and assistance to children living in vulnerable conditions. Through her foundation, she has improved the educational, nutritional and personal growth of its children. She has been a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and won countless awards for her humanitarian work over the years.
Born in Los Angeles, California this witty and talented actress of Honduran descent has captured the hearts of many fans with such roles as Ugly Betty and her role in Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Off screen, she has been a trailblazer among various causes lending her voice to bring attention to important topics such as immigration reform and traveled to India to bring to light the heartbreak caused by human trafficking. She was also an ambassador for Save the Children an organization helping children in the U.S and around the world.
This Victoria Secret Brazilian beauty has mesmerized fans from around the world with her angelic eyes. Her beauty transcends through her charitable contributions as well. In an article by the Latin Post, she was recognized for her work in helping to create the orphanage, Caminhos da Luz, in her country of Brazil where she is an active supporter and buys clothes for those children in need.
Our favorite Puerto Rican Queen is not only a legend in her own right and a pioneer among the Latin community with her triple threat status, but this Bronx beauty has also made a mark among various philanthropic causes. She co-founded the Lopez Family Foundation with her sister Lynda Lopez. Through her foundation, they are able to make great strides in providing health care and health education to underserved women and children. She helped raise millions at a Cannes Film Festival for Aids Research and has also been a spokesperson for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals among many other philanthropic endeavors.